Another "ugly" shoe trend? In 2021? I know, groundbreaking. Between the proliferation of Birkenstock slides and cool clogs bubbling up, there's a clear trend happening with comfortable, good-for-you footwear that your podiatrist would approve of. These days, we're leaving the house more often, so it makes sense that styles like slides, slippers, and loafers are so popular since they can be easily worn both out and at home. Now, there's a new shoe trend on our radars, and it's hitting peak comfort. Meet recovery slides.
I'd seen extra-comfy, cushiony slides popping up on my Instagram feed, but once I heard the trendspotting experts at WGSN get behind them, I knew this was a trend to watch. Not only does it address the need for easy shoes that can go indoors and out, but what really defines it is its wellness component. According to WGSN's footwear and accessories strategist, Lucila Saldana, the slides originated as "an easy-to-wear style that provides further comfort support and helps the feet to recover after exercising," but now that the overall concept of wellness is taking off, recovery slides are in high demand as well.
Many brands are reimagining the rubber slides for a fashion-forward take on the podiatrist-approved shoes, and some, like Yeezy and Balenciaga, have even put a high-fashion spin on them with futuristic shapes and milky, neutral tones. On the more athletic end of the spectrum, Hoka One One is creating its recovery slides specifically for runners to wear when they're not logging miles.
As the wellness and fashion worlds start to mold together, we can expect to see more of these healing properties incorporated in our day-to-day attire in upcoming seasons. Yep, they're even infiltrating our homes in the form of spa-core aesthetics (more on that soon). The slides we're seeing have cloud-like cushion soles and come in an array of creamy neutrals and fun-loving, bright hues. Your feet will definitely thank you for wearing these. Ahead, more on recovery slides.